Japanese systems supplier Daifuku has acquired Scarabee Aviation Group and Intersystems (Asia Pacific) to bolster its digital airport solutions business.

Scarabee is based in the Netherlands and offers a range of airport solutions, including smart lanes, to help improve security processes.

Headquartered in Australia, Intersystems provides airport information management systems, including flight information display (FIDs) software. The company also has offices in the US and China.

Daifuku said in a statement: “The acquisition of both companies enables the Daifuku Group to enter the airport security checkpoint and information management fields, both of which hold growth potential.

“Along with diversifying Daifuku’s business unit for airport systems and complementing its existing hardware, the acquisitions will strengthen its global competitiveness as it generates synergy between its group companies based in North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.”

In recent times, the economic development of emerging countries has enabled more people to travel to fulfill their business or leisure requirements.

Worldwide passenger numbers reached four billion in 2017 and are forecast to increase to 8.2 billion by 2037, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Daifuku believes that demand to upgrade and expand airport facilities will increase.

As part of its medium-term business plan, Value Innovation 2020, Daifuku plans to set up an Airport Technologies company as its fourth core entity.